Sciver’s 49 and Knight’s 42 lift England on a rain-affected, 47-overs-a-side contest
England Women (Sciver 49, Knight 42, Sharma 3-47, Kaur 1-24) vs India Women
Raj introduced a double change after the completion of the reduced, nine-over powerplay that saw England make 44 for 1. Sharma and Poonam Yadav’s spin replaced the pace of the Goswami-Pandey tandem and gave away 23 runs for a combined seven overs leading up to the 17th.
Sneh Rana kept busy during that phase at widish first slip, with thick edges off Knight and Winfield-Hill flying past her off Sharma’s offspin as early as the bowler’s first ball. The second of those edges, served up by Winfield-Hill when she was on 24, kissed Rana’s fingertips.
In Knight’s company, Winfield-Hill brought up the team fifty in the 13th over and strung a second-wicket partnership worth 67. Rana’s introduction as the third spinner, though, saw Winfield-Hill sweep down Pandey’s throat at deep midwicket for 36 as India’s tactful field placements bore fruit.
Knight then steered the rebuild helped in no small part by Sciver’s brisk scoring. Her belligerence forced Pandey’s second spell to last only one over as Raj turned to spin again. It took Harmanpreet Kaur five balls to break the 42-run third-wicket stand as she forced a rare mistake from Knight, who, after reaching the 3000-ODI-runs milestone, swept hard only to find Pandey at midwicket.
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Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha